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  • In order for your proposal to be considered, you must adhere to the submission instructions.

19th National Trails Symposium in Little Rock, Arkansas, November 15-18, 2008

How to Submit a Presentation Proposal

To help us develop an exciting and motivating program for the Symposium, we invite you consider some key topics for a presentation proposal in support of the Symposium's theme: "Innovative Trails: Transforming the American Way of Life."

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Characters debate the hot trails topics at the 2006 National Trails Symposium in the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois
  • Please submit the following information for your proposal by April 18, 2008.
  • Please limit your response to items 1 through 5 to a single page, left justified, 11 point font minimum.

Required information

1. Proposed Title of Presentation (think creatively).

2. Describe the presentation and its purpose.

3. List three learning objectives.

Example A:

Topic: "Armored Crossings: A Bridge Under Troubled Water"
a. To explore alternatives to bridge building
b. To outline how to repair and prevent erosion in trouble-prone areas
c. To list alternative ways to reinforce loose soils

Example B:

Topic: "Transportation Alternatives, Connectivity, and Walkability"
a. To describe how land use and transportation facilities affect transportation mode choice
b. To discuss initiatives and methods to improve walking and bicycling conditions, leading to improved quality of life
c. To list types of facilities and land uses that support walking and bicycling for destination-oriented trips, as well as for recreation

Suggested verbs for writing learning outcomes include:


Do not use:


4. Benefits you expect that attendees will gain from your presentation?

5. How your proposed session will relate or contribute to the Symposium theme: "Innovative Trails: Transforming the American Way of Life"

6. General topic area(s) of your proposal. See the list of potential topics.

7. Presentation type that you propose. Choose your first priority from the following:

  • Individual Presentation (single speaker)
  • Panel Presentation (multiple speakers on a related topic)
  • Poster (displayed throughout the length of the Symposium)

8. List your anticipated speaker(s), along with their title and affiliation/organization (speaker(s) can be changed later if necessary).

9. Your contact information. (If proposing a Panel Presentation, please provide the same contact information for each speaker and the moderator.) Please provide the following:

  • Name
  • Title
  • Affiliation/Organization
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Fax Number
  • Email Address
  • Website Address (if applicable for your topic or organization)

10. List any anticipated A/V equipment needs.

11. Tell us if you object to your presentation being taped. We are considering the possibility of taping sessions. Please state if you object to having your session taped and include any comments. Your submission grants American Trails permission to record your presentation unless you specifically state "I object to having my session taped."

Submitting your proposal

In order to expedite the presentation review process, we require that all proposals be submitted electronically (email, floppy disk or CD). If possible, save the document in Rich Text Format (RTF) or Microsoft Word (doc) and scan for viruses prior to submission. Applicants are welcome to submit up to two attachments (documents, photos, brochures, publications, videos, etc.) that help to further describe or clarify the topic/presentation. Attachments need not be in electronic format, but they must be submitted with the proposal.

To submit by disk: mail your proposal on disk and any hardcopy attachments in the same envelope to: Rory Robinson, Outdoor Recreation Planner National Park Service, RTCA Program, 2179 Everett Road, Peninsula, OH 44262

To submit by email: send your proposal and any electronic attachments in the same email with the words "NTS Proposal" in the subject line to:

Deadline for Submitting Proposals: April 18, 2008. The Program Team will review all submissions and contact session coordinators and presenters no later than June 30, 2008.

For questions regarding the program or submitting proposals, please contact the Program Team Chair: Rory Robinson, Outdoor Recreation Planner, National Park Service RTCA Program, 2179 Everett Road, Peninsula, OH 44262. Tel: (330) 657-2951; Fax: (330) 657-2955;

PLEASE NOTE: The Program Committee looks forward to receiving your ideas. Due to the tremendous number of proposals expected, we will not be able to accept every proposal, and we may combine individual proposals with similar topics to create a Panel Session. If you know of someone who would complement your proposal, please forward the Call onto them. We anticipate over 150 presenters. We hope you understand with these numbers, we are unable to cover expenses, so speakers are expected to pay the Symposium registration fee and travel expenses. It is considered an honor to present in front of your peers. A limited number of scholarships may be available to offset some costs. But these scholarships are primarily for presenters outside of the trails community that wouldnÕt otherwise be attending.

You may download and print the Call for Presentations in pdf format (200 kb).

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